At JPD Piling & Groundworks Ltd, we offer driven, sheet and CFA piling services for various construction and highway projects. Our talented piling contractors provide shallow and deep foundation installations, working diligently to support structures in the longer term. You can also speak with our groundwork contractors for bulk excavation, drainage systems and more in the Sevenoaks area, with all services delivered in line with your budget and schedule.
Sheet, driven, secant and CFA piling stem from techniques started long ago. See below for a brief look at the history of piling, then contact our piling contractors to discuss your need for groundworks, foundation installation and more in the Sevenoaks area.
The Origins of Piling
Studies show that piling may date back to the 4th Century CE when villagers would use piles to lift their properties over a lake. Not only did this keep their homes dry, but also helped to give them a better view in case of an attack. It’s also believed that Roman engineers would use piling when building around the sea.
Although these ancient techniques differ from the CFA piling, groundworks and deep foundation installations we perform for our Sevenoaks clients, this was only the starting point. Engineers would then use driven piles to create bridges over the Tyne and Thames rivers – something you might expect of piling and groundwork contractors today.
The Most Famous Piling in the World
Few examples are quite as enduring as Venice. The entire city was built over a lagoon with heavy, wooden piles. These would then petrify due to the sediment and lack of oxygen, creating sturdy results that continue to keep the city afloat to this day. Even though we’re unlikely to build another city on the water, Venice reveals just what piling contractors can accomplish.
Groundworks, foundation installations and piling have come a long way in recent years. CFA piling is a quiet process used for projects across Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas, while sheet piling works to prevent shifting volumes of soil. Through the advancement of technology, our groundwork contractors can deliver the best option for every soil condition – no matter the weight of the above house, bridge or superstructure.
It’s worth noting that while timber once ruled the piling industry, concrete is now far more common. This is because concrete remains firm against poor soil and damp conditions in the Sevenoaks area, and provides extreme load-bearing capacity.
Dealing With Modern Soil
The last thing you need is for your foundation installation to shift due to subsidence. A sinking property will only make it unfit for use, so it’s vital you choose piling contractors who will plan accordingly. Skilled in all forms of groundworks, we check soil conditions and perform driven, sheet, secant, contiguous or CFA piling where suitable.
Environments in Sevenoaks with a lot of clay or fine-grained soils might need driven piling over other techniques. By taking great care in both planning and the piling itself, our groundwork contractors guarantee long-term success.